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u·surp

 (yo͞o-sûrp′, -zûrp′)
v. u·surped, u·surp·ing, u·surps
v.tr.
1. To seize and hold (the power or rights of another, for example) by force or without legal authority.
2. To take over or occupy without right: usurp a neighbor's land.
3. To take the place of (another) without legal authority; supplant.
v.intr.
To seize another's place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

[Middle English usurpen, from Old French usurper, from Latin ūsūrpāre, to take into use, usurp; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]

u·surp′er n.
u·surp′ing·ly adv.

usurp

(juːˈzɜːp)
vb
to seize, take over, or appropriate (land, a throne, etc) without authority
[C14: from Old French usurper, from Latin ūsūrpāre to take into use, probably from ūsus use + rapere to seize]
ˌusurˈpation n
uˈsurpative, uˈsurpatory adj
uˈsurper n

u•surp

(yuˈsɜrp, -ˈzɜrp)

v.t.
1. to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal right.
2. to use without authority or right.
v.i.
3. to commit forcible or illegal seizure of an office, power, etc.; encroach.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Latin ūsūrpāre to take possession of without legal claim =ūsū use + -ripāre, derivative of rapere to seize]
u•surp′er, n.

usurp


Past participle: usurped
Gerund: usurping

Imperative
usurp
usurp
Present
I usurp
you usurp
he/she/it usurps
we usurp
you usurp
they usurp
Preterite
I usurped
you usurped
he/she/it usurped
we usurped
you usurped
they usurped
Present Continuous
I am usurping
you are usurping
he/she/it is usurping
we are usurping
you are usurping
they are usurping
Present Perfect
I have usurped
you have usurped
he/she/it has usurped
we have usurped
you have usurped
they have usurped
Past Continuous
I was usurping
you were usurping
he/she/it was usurping
we were usurping
you were usurping
they were usurping
Past Perfect
I had usurped
you had usurped
he/she/it had usurped
we had usurped
you had usurped
they had usurped
Future
I will usurp
you will usurp
he/she/it will usurp
we will usurp
you will usurp
they will usurp
Future Perfect
I will have usurped
you will have usurped
he/she/it will have usurped
we will have usurped
you will have usurped
they will have usurped
Future Continuous
I will be usurping
you will be usurping
he/she/it will be usurping
we will be usurping
you will be usurping
they will be usurping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been usurping
you have been usurping
he/she/it has been usurping
we have been usurping
you have been usurping
they have been usurping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been usurping
you will have been usurping
he/she/it will have been usurping
we will have been usurping
you will have been usurping
they will have been usurping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been usurping
you had been usurping
he/she/it had been usurping
we had been usurping
you had been usurping
they had been usurping
Conditional
I would usurp
you would usurp
he/she/it would usurp
we would usurp
you would usurp
they would usurp
Past Conditional
I would have usurped
you would have usurped
he/she/it would have usurped
we would have usurped
you would have usurped
they would have usurped
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.usurp - seize and take control without authority and possibly with forceusurp - seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession; "He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town"; "he usurped my rights"; "She seized control of the throne after her husband died"
take - take by force; "Hitler took the Baltic Republics"; "The army took the fort on the hill"
annex - take (territory) as if by conquest; "Hitler annexed Lithuania"
appropriate, conquer, seize, capture - take possession of by force, as after an invasion; "the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants"; "The army seized the town"; "The militia captured the castle"
preoccupy - occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance; "the army preoccupied the hills"
hijack - seize control of; "they hijacked the judicial process"
raid - take over (a company) by buying a controlling interest of its stock; "T. Boone Pickens raided many large companies"
2.usurp - take the place of; "gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terrorist act broke"
supercede, supersede, supervene upon, supplant, replace - take the place or move into the position of; "Smith replaced Miller as CEO after Miller left"; "the computer has supplanted the slide rule"; "Mary replaced Susan as the team's captain and the highest-ranked player in the school"

usurp

verb seize, take over, assume, take, appropriate, wrest, commandeer, arrogate, infringe upon, lay hold of Did she usurp his place in his mother's heart?

usurp

verb
To lay claim to for oneself or as one's right:
Translations
يَغْتَصِب
přisvojit siuchvátit
bemægtige sigtilrane sig
uzurpi
bitorol
hrifsa völd
usurpare
uzurpatorius
sagrābtuzurpēt
usurpere
gasp etmekzorla almak

usurp

[juːˈzɜːp] VTusurpar

usurp

[juːˈzɜːrp] vt [+ role, place, power] → usurper

usurp

vtsich (dat)widerrechtlich aneignen, usurpieren (geh); power, title, inheritance alsoan sich (acc)reißen; thronesich bemächtigen (+gen) (geh); rolesich (dat)anmaßen; personverdrängen; he usurped his fatherer hat seinen Vater verdrängt; she has usurped his wife’s placesie hat seine Frau von ihrem Platz verdrängt

usurp

[juːˈzɜːp] vtusurpare

usurp

(juˈzəːp) verb
to take (another person's power, position etc) without the right to do so. The king's uncle tried to usurp the throne; I shall not allow him to usurp my authority.
uˈsurper noun
References in classic literature ?
Captain Wragge's inquiries on the evening when he and Magdalen had drunk tea at Sea View had certainly informed him that the housekeeper's brother possessed a modest competence; that his sister was his nearest living relative; and that there were some unscrupulous cousins on the spot who were anxious to usurp the place in his will which properly belonged to Mrs.
No sooner hee with them of Man and Beast Select for life shall in the Ark be lodg'd, And shelterd round, but all the Cataracts Of Heav'n set open on the Earth shall powre Raine day and night, all fountaines of the Deep Broke up, shall heave the Ocean to usurp Beyond all bounds, till inundation rise Above the highest Hills: then shall this Mount Of Paradise by might of Waves be moovd Out of his place, pushd by the horned floud, With all his verdure spoil'd, and Trees adrift Down the great River to the op'ning Gulf, And there take root an Iland salt and bare, The haunt of Seales and Orcs, and Sea-mews clang.
If a single member should attempt to usurp the supreme authority, he could not be supposed to have an equal authority and credit in all the confederate states.
This was the shocking thing; that the slime of the pit seemed to utter cries and voices; that the amorphous dust gesticulated and sinned; that what was dead, and had no shape, should usurp the offices of life.
So," he exclaimed, "these cowards would usurp a brave man's bed?
I sometimes allow myself to usurp that little oath, as it seems in pretty good taste.
I mean that he should try to usurp the functions of the Creator I could never have believed, but my knowledge of him, coupled with what you have said, and the extreme lengths to which he has gone to maintain absolute secrecy for his present experiments can only lead to one inference; and that, that his present work, if successful, would have results that would not be countenanced by civilized society or government.
The girl was frankly glad to see him once more and laughingly chid him because he had allowed another to usurp his prerogative and rescue her from Peter of Colfax.
Natural affections and instincts, my dear sir, are the most beautiful of the Almighty's works, but like other beautiful works of His, they must be reared and fostered, or it is as natural that they should be wholly obscured, and that new feelings should usurp their place, as it is that the sweetest productions of the earth, left untended, should be choked with weeds and briers.
We are instructed by these petty experiences which usurp the hours and years.
The big fifth-form boys, who were a sporting and drinking set, soon began to usurp power, and to fag the little boys as if they were prepostors, and to bully and oppress any who showed signs of resistance.